Roundup ban looms again and could cost farmers €30m
A BAN on glyphosate could cost Irish tillage farmers €30m a year in lost cereal yields.
UCD Professor Jimmy Burke warned a ban would be another “hammer blow” for the struggling tillage sector.
The tillage expert estimates the likely cost if the herbicide was banned could amount to €30m annually but costs could rise as weeds become more difficult to control.
The stark figure comes as the European Union warned it must have member states’ backing to extend the licence for herbicide glyphosate which is a key active ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup.
EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis stated the licensing of glyphosate was the “shared responsibility” of national governments.
He added that the Commission must have sufficient support from the bloc’s 28 member states to renew the herbicide’s licence.
A final decision on reissuing the licence for glyphosate is due to be taken by the end of this year.
The Irish government supports the reauthorisation, which was proposed by the bloc’s health commissioner in May.